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Ohio food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries.

Get information on food banks in Ohio that can provide the low to moderate income, working poor, and unemployed with free or low cost food as well as groceries. Many of the distribution centers also partner with America's Second Harvest as well as local churches, non-profit organizations, and other charities. They work together to support families across the state. Below you will find a food bank in your county near you, and you can get information on their address and phone numbers.

Many different food banks, non-profits and pantries work together to help as many individuals and families as possible. For example the locations noted below may not be able to directly provide you with groceries or other aid, but they will know who you can call for free food in your city and town.

Each year millions of pounds of food and surplus government commodities are distributed to tens of thousands of individuals and families across the state. The can includes fruits, vegetables, canned meats, and more. The food and groceries can provide just enough aid to help someone make it through a difficult period in their life, or to help them make it through an emergency.

The Ohio food banks listed below that will be near you are just one of the options available to people. There is also a referral phone number at the bottom of the page for more locations. The centers below are available in addition to other agencies and charities that are located in your county or town. Ask the pantries for referrals to additional programs for your county.

More local food banks in Ohio

If the charities, non-profits, and organizations throughout this page (see below) are not near you, or can’t help, then find additional food pantries for your city or county. As there are a number of free food pantries and hunger prevention programs for specific regions oh Ohio.




Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Address - 3960 Brookham Drive
Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone number - 614-274-7770





Second Harvest Foodbank of Southeastern Ohio
Address - 1005 C I C Drive
Logan, OH 43138
Telephone - 740-385-6813
The non-profit works with local charities, pantries, and soup kitchens in the region. It provides them with free food and support. People need to apply to those centers, however second harvest may have referrals.

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
24 East Woodruff Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
7445 Deer Trail Lane
Lorain, Ohio 44053
Dial 440-690-2265

The Cleveland Foodbank
15500 South Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
Tens of thousands of pounds of food and other items are provided to the needy and low income. The working poor and seniors are some of the main beneficiaries.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
350 Opportunity Parkway
Akron, Ohio 44307
Telephone number - 330-535-6900

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley
Main address is 2805 Salt Springs Road
Youngstown, OH 44509
330-792-5522 - Phone number
If you live in this region, call for referrals to a pantry. Fruits, vegetables, canned goods, meats, and more may be served. They may have referrals to holiday meal programs too.

Shared Harvest Foodbank
5901 Dixie Highway
Fairfield , OH 45014
Phone - 800-352-3663





Freestore Foodbank
112 East Liberty Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
In addition to free food, seniors may have home delivered meals, students may obtain snacks during break or the summer, and other assistance is offered. Supports pantries in the Hamilton County region.

The Foodbank, Inc.
Main address - 427 Washington St.
Dayton, OH 45402

Second Harvest Foodbank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties
701 East Columbia Street
Springfield, Ohio 45503
Call for information and referrals to free food pantries. Thousands of seniors, low income families, unemployed, and poor residents get help from this location and its pantries.

West Ohio Food Bank
Address - 1380 East Kibby Street
Lima, OH 45804
Telephone number is 419-222-7946

Additional free food pantries and emergency food banks in Ohio

If your county or area is not listed above, you still have other options available that may be near you. Click here to find information on federal government low income food assistance programs. Government support is available for low income, the elderly, disabled, children, and others. Or dial (800) 648-1176 to find other food banks that can help struggling families in Ohio.





However, note that state or federal government programs are not your only options. Some non-profits provide people with low cost food. Read more. They provide food to people of all income for up to 50% off the retail price.


By Jon McNamara

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